The Big Potential fund is an opportunity for social organisations wishing to use social investment as a way to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale.
Managed by SIB and funded by the Big Lottery, the fund is specifically aimed at voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations seeking to grow through raising social investment.
Read how we helped Solihull Life Opportunities secure £24,960 to help it scale-up two new services for people with learning disabilities. We also have a broader track record of raising money through investment and contract bids – as a provider for SIB’s Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) programme, we raised £16,220,879 for various clients.
What does the Big Potential programme offer?
Big Potential is now split into two streams, both with a social investment aspect:
- Big Potential Breakthrough: VCSE organisations can access specialist one to one support before making an application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 to undertake investment readiness work with an approved provider such as EP. Organisations thinking about taking on social investment and have the ambition to raise up to £500,000 of repayable investment can apply
- Big Potential Advanced: for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal orinterestfrom investors and need help to close that deal, with ambition to raise over £500,000 of repayable investment (or win a contract of above £1 million – see contract readiness). Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available
How do I become investment ready?
This fund closes at the end of 2017 and there are only a few months left to submit applications. As an approved provider we would be happy to talk to you about supporting your application and, if successful, your investment readiness work.